Anti-terrorism squad jails Pembroke man

The RCMP anti-terrorism squad has charged a man in Pembroke, Ont., with attempting to possess explosives with intent to endanger life.

Matin Abdul Stanikzy, 24, is also charged with counselling a woman to commit theft, uttering death threats, and threatening to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property.

Stanikzy is an Afghan citizen with landed immigrant status in Canada, said Crown attorney Jason Nicol. The prisoner has been denied bail on all three grounds raised by the defence, he said, and is being held at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

“The charges laid by the RCMP integrated unit are very serious,” Nicol said after a judicial pre-trial hearing this week.

None of the charges has been proven in court. On Wednesday, Stanikzy appeared at Pembroke court for a routine appointment via video link.

Defence lawyer Stuart Konyer of Ottawa said Stanikzy is unemployed and has been in the country less than five years.

Almost nothing else is known publicly about the man other than he lived in a small apartment building on Deacon St. near the hospital. His landlady said Tuesday that she only heard of his arrest five days ago and several immediate neighbours reached by phone said they never knew him.

The RCMP, citing privacy laws, is not commenting on the case.

Stanikzy originally drew attention over an alleged domestic dispute, Pembroke police said.

On Nov. 18, the local force arrested him for assault against his wife and uttering a death threat.

One week later, after further investigation, the RCMP-led Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (anti-terrorism squad) laid the additional charges, including a second count of uttering a death threat. Court documents say the charges relate to events between July 1 and Nov. 17.

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